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I started cloth diapering as soon as my girl came home from the NICU, we started off with pockets, quickly moved into AIO's and loved them for the first year. BUT, i am now liking the fitteds with covers the most, and find myself reaching for those all the time.
I hear alot about wool and well, it kinda scares me. But I am itching to get my hands on the girl color cranky pants!
So i have a few questions.
1. Isn't it uncomfortable for the baby (i know wool sweaters are so itchy and uncomfortable for me)
2. Is it alot more maintenance than just washing the cloth diapers?
3. What do the terms Felted and lanolized mean?

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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Ahhhh..., I love crankies

Some wool is softer than other, but most of it that's used for longies is pretty soft. And the wool that's used for Crankypants isn't itchy at all. Also, once it's lanolized and washed, that helps make it feel softer.

It is more tedious to wash, but doesn't need to be washed as often. It's naturally anti-microbial, so it stays clean longer. I only wash ours every few weeks or so.

Lanolin is naturally in wool, it's what makes it water resistant. To "lanolize" the wool, which is usually done when they're washed, is to put lanolin back in it to keep them absorbent. Most wool washes will contain lanolin, or you can get a lanolin spray.

Felting happens when there's friction, and it causes the fibers to get closer together. Basically, it makes them less stretchy, and they may shrink a little if they're really felted. That usually happens in the crotch from moisture and legs rubbing. It doesn't affect the performance of the woolies though, and may make them even more absorbent
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thanks for posting this...I'm slowly building up the courage to do wool...now that I sold all my wool wash/spray I bought this summer
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1. Isn't it uncomfortable for the baby (i know wool sweaters are so itchy and uncomfortable for me)

Most wool is sooo soft! It's not itchy at all.

2. Is it alot more maintenance than just washing the cloth diapers?

My DD has 2 pairs of wool longies that she wears at night, I hardly need to wash them at all.

3. What do the terms Felted and lanolized mean?

Felted means that your wool shrunk. It happens when it goes through fast changes in temperature. For example if you are washing your wool in tepid water and the rinse it in cold, the shock will cause the wool to felt and shrink.

Lanolized is what gives the wool the waterproofness.

Hope that makes sense, I have a headache that is taking away my ability to think clearly.

eta: I was SO scared of wool when I first started. Consider looking for recycled wool pieces and they are not quite so much $$.

Fleece is "poor man's wool" It works in a slightly different way but it is much cheaper and machine washable
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I was totally scared of wool when I started too. And now I'm addicted to it
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some wool can be itchy or hairy, but there is lots of wool that isnt! i havent seen wool be unfortable yet. i love it myself : ) http://www.the-cloth-diaper-connection.com/wool.html
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We love wool, but it was a little unnerving the first time we used it
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Would you wash cashmere the same way you wash wool? I know that it too needs to be lanolized.
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so much encouragement and tips, I am heading over to FSOT right now to find some girly wool.
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1. Isn't it uncomfortable for the baby (i know wool sweaters are so itchy and uncomfortable for me)
It doesn't seem to be. I always thought wool sweaters were itchy and uncomfortable too, but my kids have done well with wool, even the kinds that were not the softest (they even did fine in Patons).
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2. Is it alot more maintenance than just washing the cloth diapers?
I think it's different maintenance, and depends on how many pieces of wool you have and how often you use them. Obviously the larger the rotation, the fewer times you would have to wash. Right now I have a newborn and only two wool wraps, and those are the only covers I have. So I'm washing them a lot. It's slightly annoying to get everything ready just to wash one piece at a time. It was much easier when (with my older, now-PL'd kids) when I had a lot of wool and could wash several pieces at one time, and not have to be washing practically every day.
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3. What do the terms Felted and lanolized mean?
Felted (especially in FSOT) is usually something that has gone through a hot wash and the dryer, and has shrunk down in size. It will have less stretch and be thicker, is generally more bullet proof but won't fit for as long because it doesn't have the stretch anymore. Hand-knitted pieces can also be felted just in the pee zone and in those cases it usually hasn't lost much stretch.
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